A map of the construction project to build two new rail transit routes through Downtown Los Angeles.

Newly Opened Regional Connector Redefines Light Rail Transit in Los Angeles

Three rail lines have become two rail lines in Los Angeles, providing one-seat rides from four corners of Los Angeles County.

June 21, 2023 - Mass Transit

Rendering of shipping container-like ADU unit pre-approved by the city of Los Angeles

Should ADUs Count as Affordable Housing?

Without regulations or monitoring systems to ensure accessory dwelling units are rented at affordable rates, citing ADU construction toward affordable housing goals is a disingenuous way to avoid building multi-family housing.

June 21, 2023 - The Real Deal

Colorful tents built to shelter unhoused people on beach at Venice Beach, California with apartment buildings and palm trees in background against a purple sunset sky

Seniors Over 50 Make up Almost Half of California’s Unhoused Population

A new study finds that low-income seniors are increasingly unable to find affordable housing.

June 20, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Colorful mural depicting people holding signs with proclamations on exterior wall of public restroom in People's Park, Berkeley

Lessons From People’s Park

The University of California, Berkeley faced bitter opposition to new student housing. What does this mean for universities—and for democracy?

June 20, 2023 - Next City

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

NRDC: Saving Transit is ‘Essential Climate Strategy’

Supporting California’s public transit systems is key to fighting climate change and boosting the state’s economy.

June 20, 2023 - Natural Resources Defense Council

Traffic and green freeway signs with Santa Monica and LAX destinations on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, California

L.A. Metro Pushes for More Freeway Expansion Funds

After the last expansion project, traffic on I-405 only got worse. Metro wants to try again.

June 16, 2023 - Streetsblog LA

White Waymo self-driving car with roof-mounted camera driving on San Francisco street with Exploratorium parking lot sign in background

San Francisco Officials Want to Put the Brakes on Self-Driving Taxis

Local officials say autonomous cars are not yet safe enough to be permanently deployed across the entire city.

June 15, 2023 - Governing

Aerial view of New York City including Empire State Building blanketed in orange wildfire smoke

How Responsible Is Climate Change for Increased Wildfires?

“Nearly all” since 2001, according to a new study on California wildfires by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

June 15, 2023 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Diesel big rig truck on California road with mountains in background

California Commission Recommends Infrastructure Improvements

The state’s Transportation Commission outlined three major programs that should receive gas tax funding.

June 14, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Close-up of speed camera mounted above roadway with red car passing by underneath

California Speed Camera Bill Advances to Senate

The bill authorizing automated traffic cameras in six test cities passed by a large margin in the State Assembly.

June 13, 2023 - Los Angeles Daily News

Fare gates at underground BART station in San Francisco, California

Breaking: Budget Deal Saves California’s Transit Systems, For Now

California state political leaders last night struck a deal to keep the state’s transit systems afloat as ridership continues to recover and federal pandemic stimulus money runs dry.

June 12, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

Regional Transit

BART’s Credit Rating Dinged

U.S. public transit agencies haven’t yet seen the bottom of a pandemic-induced fiscal crisis.

June 12, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Two blue and white tents on a paved bike trail under an overpass in San Diego, California with palm tree and vegetation on one side

How San Diego Camping Ban Could Impact Neighborhoods

An ordinance supported by the city’s mayor would bar people from sleeping on the street near shelters or services, but critics say it will simply push people to other neighborhoods and put them farther away from the supportive services they need.

June 8, 2023 - Voice of San Diego

Small white one-story building with Maggie Hathaway Golf Course sign with American flag on flagpole and green lawn

Expanding Access to Golf in South Los Angeles

L.A. County’s Maggie Hathaway Golf Course getting up to $15 Million from U.S. Open Community Legacy Project to expand access to the sport in South L.A.

June 8, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Wildfire threatening hillside homes in Yucaipa, California

Home Insurers Are Fleeing California

Homeowners in the state are finding it increasingly difficult to secure insurance policies thanks to the growing risks of wildfire, drought, and other climate threats.

June 7, 2023 - Curbed

Aerial view of terminus of Los Angeles River and port infrastructure in Long Beach, California

Los Angeles County Initiates Effort to Advance Equity in Infrastructure

L.A. County Public Works has launched an initiative to center equity in all of its processes, programming, and services as it plans, designs, builds, and maintains modern infrastructure that uplifts all communities of the county.

June 7, 2023 - Los Angeles County Public Works

Beachside basketball couty with ocean view and blue painted court at Angel Gate Park in Los Angeles, California on a sunny day

Los Angeles County's 30x30 Strategy Earns National Recognition

L.A. County's Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+) received a 2023 achievement award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

June 6, 2023 - National Association of Counties

Empty Muni underground train platform

Activists Mourn Potential Death of Bay Area Transit With Mock Funeral

In an action meant to draw attention to the financial crisis facing California’s public transit agencies, activists held a mock funeral for BART and Muni, citing the cause of death as ‘neglect.’

June 5, 2023 - SFGate

Close-up of phone screen with Airbnb app screen

Proposed Short-Term Rental Tax Would Fund Affordable Housing in California

A state bill would impose a tax similar to a hotel tax on short-term rental owners, with the revenue funding affordable housing projects.

June 5, 2023 - Cap Radio

Elderly woman enters house with help from caregiver who is holding her hands

The Challenges of Aging in Place

Seniors in one Bay Area community want to stay in their communities, but many find the cost of living and maintaining older homes prohibitive.

June 5, 2023 - Palo Alto Online

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